Any film directed by Joe Dante is a film for the fans and 'The Howling' is no exception. The director's 1981 horror flick about a news reporter trying to regain her memory at a mysterious resort after a near-fatal encounter with a serial killer is chock-full of classic horror references. Everything from the character's names (Dr. George Waggner – named after the director of 'The Wolf Man,' and so forth), as well as little in-joke references and cameos from genre gods like Roger Corman and Forrest J. Ackerman are part of the reasons why 'The Howling' has earned a place amongst horror's best werewolf movies.
Dee Wallace plays Karen White, an L.A. news anchor who has captured the attention and affection of serial killer Eddie Quist (Robert Picardo). When Karen acts as the bait in a police sting to catch Eddie, she's severely traumatized by the event and develops amnesia. Her therapist recommends she seek solace at a woodsy locale known as The Colony, where Karen and her husband Bill (Christopher Stone) encounter a cast of strange characters. The countryside resort turns out to be anything but therapeutic as Karen and her friend Terri (Belinda Balaski) soon uncover.